Hispanic Council on Federal Employment
The Hispanic Council on Federal Employment (Council) meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the following time and location shown below: Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Via Teleconference, Dial-in Number: (866) 858-3615, Participant Passcode: 41624240. The Council is an advisory committee composed of representatives from Hispanic organizations and senior government officials. Along with its other responsibilities, the Council shall advise the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on matters involving the recruitment, hiring, and advancement of Hispanics in the Federal workforce. The Council is co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and the Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA). The meeting is open to the public. Please contact the Office of Personnel Management at the address shown below if you wish to present material to the Council at any of the meetings. The manner and time prescribed for presentations may be limited, depending upon the number of parties that express interest in presenting information.
OMB Emergency Review and 60-Day Notice for Comment for Existing Information Collection Request: OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire OMB No. 3206-0040
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for emergency clearance and review for existing information collection request for the OPM Form 1203-FX, Occupational Questionnaire. Approval of the Occupational Questionnaire, OPM Form 1203-FX is necessary to collect information from applicants to determine their level of qualification when applying for Federal employment. This also serves as the 60-Day Notice for review for full clearance.
Employment in the Excepted Service
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is proposing to revise its regulations governing employment in the excepted service. The proposed rules will clarify the existing policy on exemptions from excepted service selection procedures, and provide additional procedures for passing over a preference eligible veteran. The intended effect of these proposed changes is to strengthen the application of veterans' entitlements in the excepted service.
Prevailing Rate Systems; Redefinition of the New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, Appropriated Fund Federal Wage System Wage Areas
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to redefine the geographic boundaries of the New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, appropriated fund Federal Wage System (FWS) wage areas. The final rule will address an anomalous situation affecting Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Portions of the Joint Base are currently defined to the Philadelphia wage area and to the New York wage area. OPM has developed a new criterion for defining wage areas to address this unique situation so that the entire Joint Base is covered by a single wage schedule.
OMB No. 3206-0233, Civil Service Retirement System Survivor Annuitant Express Pay Application for Death Benefits, OPM Form RI 25-051
The Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an extension, without change, of a currently approved information collection request (ICR) OMB No. 3206-0233, Civil Service Retirement System Survivor Annuitant Express Pay Application for Death Benefits, OPM Form RI 25-051. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35) as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L. 104-106), OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register (81 FR 47444, July 21, 2016) allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Coverage for Certain Firefighters and Intermittent Emergency Response Personnel
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule to amend the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program regulations to make certain firefighters hired under a temporary appointment and certain intermittent emergency response personnel eligible to be enrolled in a health benefits plan under the FEHB Program. These amendments were the subject of interim rules published on July 19, 2012 and November 14, 2012.
This notice identifies Schedule A, B, and C appointing authorities applicable to a single agency that were established or revoked from March 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016.
Pay Administration Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposes to revise the regulations issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (``FLSA'' or ``Act''). The revised regulations are intended to provide a clearer understanding of coverage under the Act and to ensure that the FLSA's intended overtime protections are fully implemented. By way of this rulemaking, OPM seeks to harmonize OPM's regulations with revisions made to the Department of Labor's (DOL) FLSA regulations by updating the salary-based nonexemption level and by providing for future automatic updates to that level consistent with the automatic updating mechanism utilized in DOL's FLSA regulations.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule that implements statutory changes pertaining to veterans' preference. These changes were made in response to the Hubbard Act, which broadened the category of individuals eligible for veterans' preference; and to implement the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which requires Federal agencies to treat certain active duty service members as preference eligibles for purposes of an appointment to the competitive service, even though the service members have not been discharged or released from active duty and do not have a Department of Defense (DD) Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. In addition, OPM has updated its regulations to reference existing requirements for the alternative ranking and selection procedure called ``category rating,'' and to add a reference to the end date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which affected veteran status and preference eligibility. This action aligns OPM's regulations with existing statutes.
OMB No. 3206-0218, Death Benefit Payment Rollover Election, Form No. RI 94-7
The Retirement Services within OPM offers the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on an extension, without change, of a currently approved information collection request (ICR) OMB No. 3206-0218, Death Benefit Payment Rollover Election, Form No. RI 94-7. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 as amended by the Clinger-Cohen Act, OPM is soliciting comments for this collection. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register (81 FR 44898, July 11, 2016) allowing for a 60-day public comment period. No comments were received for this information collection. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments.
Career and Career-Conditional Employment
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a final rule on creditable service for career tenure. The final regulation removes the requirement for creditable service to be substantially continuous and instead allows an individual to attain career tenure after completing at least 3 years of total creditable service.